Templehof Airport, has always fascinated me, it’s been through two wars, WW2 and the Cold war, the latter being my childhood and growing up with the Russian threat of nuclear war in Europe.
You can now go on tour’s of this airport, if you want to pay for that sort of thing, and I am sure it is very good, but that’s not for me, walking around in a organized group with everything being explained to me. Its much more of a challenge, sneaking around knowing you could be caught at any moment, the fear of getting lost or locked in a building of this size just gets your adrenaline rushing like crazy.
Me I am a bit of an opportunist, and found my way into areas that was off limits to the public.this is what urban exploring is all about trespassing and taking risks etc. I managed to get into one of the aircraft hangers, and also into the American shooting range and paratroop training areas, and also found a few unlocked doors in the main terminal building, and had a good look around.
I was looking for the old air raid shelters and bunkers that I had read much about, and did find one of the many so called family bunkers. this is where all the Nazi propaganda was painted on the wall’s, not having much time in these rooms, as it was getting late and thought to myself got to get the hell out of here,or risk getting locked in the building.
Its like a fucking maze in that building rooms and corridors everywhere. there will be a part 2 to this explore one day in the future because I need to do moor snooping around.
The airport itself is over 90 years old, with the original building being erected in the 1920’s. However, during the 1930’s the building was completely overhauled and turned into an incredibly modern facility (by pre-war standards), exemplifying the technical superiority of the Nazi regime.
Following this, during WWII Tempelhof became an armaments production base for the Nazi war effort – utilizing forced labor from the nearby concentration camps.
Finally, (and most memorably) Tempelhof became the center-piece in the world famous Berlin Airlift, with cargo planes landing every 90 seconds loaded with essential goods for the people of West Berlin.
Despite being officially shut down in 2008, Tempelhof airport is continuously revitalizing itself; growing and evolving every year. In fact, the airports numerous hangars have since become some of the most sought-after venues in all of Berlin.
The awe-inspiring spaces frequently play host to international conferences, trade shows and even world-class music shows and festivals, whilst the charming former administration quarters have become prime real estate for Berlin’s businessmen.
What’s more, the former runways of the grounds have now become the biggest open space in the city, with every conceivable outdoor hobbyist taking full advantage of this space.
Tempelhof Project, the body in charge of preservation and restoration of the ground even has an ambitious yet ingenious regeneration project set for the coming years, turning the wide expanse of open space into a more user-friendly park, a knowledge center and some well-needed housing.
The family bunkers with propaganda painted on the walls
The armaments tunnel
Old shooting range